[FoRK] Gonzo Suicide
luis.villa at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 15:21:51 PST 2005
fafblog, as usual, has the final and best word on the subject:
> HUNTER THOMPSON IS NOT DEAD.
> Don't believe their filthy lies. Giblets saw the Good Doctor with his own two
> eyes just a few hours ago, heading north in the White Whale. He said he was
> headed up to heaven to shoot God. "The great bastard's in season and it's long
> overdue," the Godfather of Gonzo said as he dusted off his elephant gun. "I
> have full reason to believe they will award me both the head and the tail.
> Expect me back by the apocalypse." Good hunting, Doctor Thompson. You'll
> be missed.
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 08:00:36 -0400, Owen Byrne <owen at permafrost.net> wrote:
> I guess this should have been expected. Still sad though - I read his
> last column on espn.com
> > Author Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide
> > Journalist penned 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'
> > *(CNN) -- Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who unleashed the
> > concept of "gonzo journalism" in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las
> > Vegas," fatally shot himself in the head Sunday at his home near
> > Aspen, Colorado, police and his family said.*
> > "On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to
> > the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colo.," said a
> > statement issued by Thompson's son, Juan Thompson, to the Aspen Daily
> > News as reported by the Denver Post.
> > "The family will shortly provide more information about memorial
> > service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy, and we ask that
> > his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his
> > family."
> > A dispatcher for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed
> > Thompson's death.
> > Thompson, 67, was associated with the "New Journalism" movement of the
> > 1960s, in which writers took a more novelistic and personal approach
> > to their subjects. His account of a drug-fueled trip to cover a
> > district attorneys' anti-drug conference as a writer for Rolling Stone
> > magazine was the seed of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," perhaps his
> > best-known work.
> > Subtitled "A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," the
> > 1971 book included his lament on the passing of the 1960s and its
> > "sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil."
> > "There was no point in fighting -- on our side or theirs," he wrote.
> > "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and
> > beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a
> > steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes
> > you can almost see the high-water mark -- the place where the wave
> > finally broke and rolled back."
> > In "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72," he described the
> > campaign leading to Richard Nixon's re-election as president with
> > terms like "brutal" and "depraved," speculating that Democratic Sen.
> > Ed Muskie was under the influence of an obscure African psychoactive
> > drug and bemoaned Nixon's looming victory by proclaiming, "Jesus,
> > where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to
> > become president?"
> > Other works included "The Great Shark Hunt," a collection of
> > Watergate-era essays; "Generation of Swine," his lament on the youth
> > of the 1980s; and his account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential win,
> > "Better than Sex." His lone novel, "The Rum Diaries," was published in
> > 1998, while a collection of letters, "The Proud Highway: The Saga of a
> > Desperate Southern Gentleman," came out in 1997.
> > In recent years, he wrote a column for the sports network ESPN's Web
> > site. In his most recent piece, posted Feb. 15, he describes shooting
> > at golf balls like skeet with a friend near his longtime home -- he
> > called it "a fortified compound" -- outside Aspen.
> > "The general reaction here is shock and dismay, because he was such a
> > figure in town," Aspen resident John Hoag told CNN. Still, Hoag said,
> > Thompson remained a private person. "The most news we heard from him
> > was when a pack of dogs killed his peacock, Atillah, and he broke his
> > leg in Hawaii last year."
> > Thompson also was the model for the character of "Uncle Duke" in the
> > "Doonesbury" comic strip. But Thompson strongly disliked the
> > characterization, once telling an interviewer that he would set
> > "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau on fire if the two ever met.
> > In later years, however, Thompson said he had made peace with the
> > "Uncle Duke" portrayal.
> > "I got used to it a long time ago," he told Freezerbox magazine in
> > 2003. "I used to be a little perturbed by it. It was a lot more
> > personal ... It no longer bothers me."
> > In 1980, actor Bill Murray portrayed Thompson in the film "Where the
> > Buffalo Roam." And in 1998, the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
> > was released, based on Thompson's book and starring Johnny Depp as the
> > journalist. A new film reportedly is in production based on Thompson's
> > novel "The Rum Diaries."
> > The writer himself, Hoag said, will be missed. "There's no one in the
> > world these days who writes the truth ... as he seems to, to me," he
> > said. "He spoke to the world and said what people were afraid to say."
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